Sugarmaples

“Like a refined Meetup.com, without the creeps and crazies.”

Alexandra Blatt – Portland, Oregon

“I continue to love what you’re doing. Great ideas.”

Jason Fried

“The best lunch date of my life. We were there for two and a half hours, but could easily have stayed for five.”

Tina Roth Eisenberg

“Powerful.”

Anil Dash

Meetup.com does a great job of aggregating people with shared interests. But it doesn’t do much to ensure that you’re going to like the folks you meet as human beings.

“A get-together is only as good as the people who show up,” my mom used to say. She had an uncanny eye for exquisitely warm-hearted, unselfconscious, intellectually curious, sane folks – a constant presence at the house while my sister, Mia, and I were growing up. I call the lovely human beings our mom surrounded us with – and the organization I started to bring them together – Sugarmaples. It’s what I imagine Meetup.com would be like if they could hire my mom to handpick every member (I do my utmost to channel her).

You can get a feel for the tenor of Sugarmaples – the people and the get-togethers – through this little film about Meddle, the Sugarmaples mini-conference:

Pictured: Katie Tharp, set designer; Eugene Mirman, comedian.

“If an eagle and a tiger had a human baby that was then raised by ninjas, it would be Ted.”

Allan Branch

“Ted is extraordinary at what he does, and he’s a man of his word.”

Phil Caravaggio

“It was a wonderful time and a really great meal.”

Adam Lisagor

“I had a very enjoyable lunch with Seth [Godin] yesterday — a smart and likable guy. There are degrees of kindredness (as well as of heresy). But we do seem to share a fair amount. Thanks for matching us.”

Alfie Kohn

“It was such a great experience that I’m wracking my brain for other problems in my business that Ted could solve with a thoughtful connection.”

Tim Hackbarth

“I wanted to thank you again for the past weekend’s amazing fun and incredible opportunity to have an exchange of notions with Anil [Dash]. I feel even richer for the ideas & starting-places that have come out of the whole thing!”

Sean Michaels

“You know how it seems like everyone has a personal trainer, now? I believe Ted is the progenitor of a new kind of empathy-based collective problem solving that everyone will take for granted some day.”

Pete Forde

“Sugarmaples is a collection of passionate, ambitious, big-hearted visionaries, and Ted is the Master Cultivator.”

Michelle Rowley

“I have to say, you are very good at what you do. The timing was perfect and with one introduction you’ve enabled a ton of fruitful connections (which in the long run, might actually help save lives) in the span of a few days.”

Deroy Peraza

Frequently asked questions.

Sugarmaples is 'invite-only'?

Yes. But we have frequent ‘open-house’ events for potential invitees. To attend one of these, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Who hosts Sugarmaples get-togethers?

Both we and our members.

Where did the name 'Sugarmaples' come from?

It reminds me of my mom’s annual over-the-top Thanksgiving celebrations in the sugar maple leaf-blanketed New Jersey suburbs.

Can I suggest someone who'd get a kick out of being a part of this?

Absolutely. I’d love that. Email me at ted@ahsugarmaples.com.

Who did the trees illustration?

Who made the video?

Who did the stop-motion animation for the video?

Who did the music for the video?

Who designed the Meddle logo?

About me.

Ted PearlmanCircleUIT06-01FlatMy name is Ted Pearlman. I’m married to Allison, an architect. We have a ridiculous second-grader, Oscar, and an enormous Newfoundland, Tatou, who’s famous on the Internet. I’m a Cornell alum and tech industry (Sony / IBM / Roguewave / CQG) refugee. My other passion project is Fall: In Love with Music, a new kind of venue I’m developing for Denver.

“What we have learned is like a handful of earth;
what we have yet to learn is like the whole World.”

Avvaiyar

Join us!

If you’d like to join us for an ‘open house’ get-together, just fill in a few tidbits of info below and I’ll let you know when the next one near you is comin’ up.